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Bite Now: Hand pies at Mothership Roasters

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Perfect pairingL Pick up a sweet or savory hand pie with your coffee.
Photo: Steve Marcus
Jason Harris

You’ve probably heard about the excellent coffee options at Mothership Roasters, sister shop to Valley favorite Sunrise Coffee. What you might not be aware of are the assorted baked goodies you can get to accompany your beverage. Two of the more intriguing options are variations on traditional hand pies, made fresh every morning and usually sold out by afternoon.

There’s both a sweet and a savory option, each $4. My favorite is the former, recently featuring a filling of little chunks of butternut squash, sage, fennel, rosemary and red onion. It’s a hearty dish that packs a lot of flavor. The filling will delight vegetarians, and meat eaters should be satisfied, too, by the bulk and the chew. The sprinkling of salt on top accentuates everything. On my visit, the sweet hand pie was plum compote with brown sugar. It’s neither too sweet nor too tart. Are you looking for lunch or dessert, or both?

As the weather changes, so will the pies, based on whatever ingredients are in season. For now, these are two comfort items perfect for fall.

Mothership Roasters 2708 N. Green Valley Parkway, 702-456-1869. Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday & Monday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

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